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Cause of fire that destroyed camp on Northwood Lake under investigation

  • Fire destroyed a home on Northwood Lake on Friday. The four-season camp was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The cause remains under investigation. —Courtesy

  • A fire destroyed a home on Northwood Lake on Friday. The four-season camp was unoccupied at the time of the blaze. The cause remains under investigation by officials. Courtesy

Published: 2/24/2020 1:41:48 PM

The state Fire Marshall’s Office and Northwood police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a four-season camp Friday on the shore of Northwood Lake, officials said.

Drivers on Route 4 called to report seeing a fire on the south side of the lake just before 4 p.m. Friday. While firefighters knew the general area of the blaze, they did not have an exact address, fire chief Mark Tetreault said. They first tried to get to the scene from Baker Avenue, which dead-ended about 100 yards before the camp. They had to turn around and access the scene from Lynn Grove Road.

Once fire crews arrived at the camp at 196 Lynn Grove Road, they were further hampered by an unplowed 1,000-foot long driveway.

“It took us a little bit more effort to get down there,” Tetreault said.

Once water was pumped in, the 1,000 square foot camp valued at $258,000 was fully consumed by the fire and considered a total loss.

The four-season camp, built in 1940, had been rented earlier in the winter, but the residents had recently moved out, Tetreault said. The home was vacant at the time the fire started.

Seven area fire departments responded to the two-alarm fire, Tetreault said.




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